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Li, Jingchun

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Dr.Li's research program focuses on understanding drivers and processes of biodiversification. She is especially interested in the way symbiotic interactions affect distribution, ecology and evolution of invertebrates. The Li lab mainly uses diverse mollusk groups (clams, cockles, snails, etc.) to address research questions, but other systems are also being explored (protists, algae, crustaceans, etc.). She adopts a combination of phylogenetic comparative methods, geometric morphometrics, molecular evolution and bioinformatic approaches to study biodiversification at species, population, and genomic levels.


  • biotic interactions, macroevolution, photosymbiosis, malacology, bivalves, morphometrics, transcriptomics, phylogenetics


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courses taught

  • ARTH 5929 - Special Topics in Art History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours. Same as ARTH 4929.
  • EBIO 3850 - Animal Diversity: Invertebrates
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Lect. and lab. Offers a broad study of the biology of the most diverse group of organisms on Earth. Areas include ecology, physiology, evolution and morphology of aquatic and terrestrial forms. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • EBIO 6840 - Independent Research (Master's Level)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • MUSM 5051 - Museum Collections Management
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Deals specifically with curation and data management. Topics include acquisition practices and problems; organization, management, use and preventive conservation of collections; computer data management of collections.
  • MUSM 6950 - Master's Thesis in Museum and Field Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    A thesis, which may be of a research, expository, critical or creative type, is required of every master's degree candidate under the thesis option. Department enforced prerequisites: MUSM 5011 and MUSM 5051 and one of the following: MUSM 5030 or MUSM 5031 or MUSM 5041.


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